So hubby's birthday was on October 24th and I planned a quick little trip to Maui as his gift. The United flight was relaxing and the seats were surprisingly comfy. I knew Maui would be amazing when I was greeted by this fabulous little sign outside the women's restroom in the West Maui Airport.
We stayed at the Hyatt in Kaanapali and it was top notch. We had a lovely little room complete with custom Hawaiian furnishings and bedding. My neon orange flats match the decor nicely.
We like staying with the Hyatt chain because their rewards are good and the beds always deliver a good night's sleep.
Our view was incredible!
The hotel staff greeted us with Champagne and shell necklaces. Good Times! We spent most of our first day by the pool. Have you ever seen people look happier?
The Hyatt was a five minute walk from Whaler's Village, a quaint outdoor shopping mall with some tasty restaurants. These lovely bones once belonged to a Sperm Whale.
I spied this cute children's book in a shop window.
Mr. Josh Webb and Mrs. Lucinda Webb! We grabbed a light dinner at Hula Grill and walked around the grounds our first night. We stumbled upon a perfectly hung hammock and stopped to gaze at the stars.
When we got back to our room, there were some delicious chocolates on our pillows with a beautiful Hawaiian proverb and some classic surf art.
The hotel lobby was out of this world. The Balinese theme was well maintained and the grounds were lush. There were fantastic shops and a Macy's, it doesn't get any better. The open atrium reminded me of our favorite hotel in NYC, the Tribeca Grand.
Our pool was perfection. There were waterfalls, grottoes and a slide that literally scared me to near death.
I spent as much time as I could at the pool. Hubby made fast friends with Glenn, the best bartender in Maui. We also made some friends with some fellow tourists, shouts out to T, Bob and Kylie! I miss those poi sliders.
There was the most incredible breakfast buffet every morning. It could not have been better.
The hotel was home to a bunch of exotic animals like these African cranes. There was a huge Koi pond with some of the biggest, most beautiful Koi I have ever seen.
This Macaw named Roger was a flirt and a show-off. Here he is doing a 180 through his brass ring.
Black and white swans lived in the pond by the restaurant.
And yes, there was a penguin pond! These African penguins were very vocal in the morning and spent most of their time just hanging out.
We walked down to Kaanapali beach, home to Black Rock and some of the island's best snorkeling. This picture might not look like much, but it is in fact a giant sea turtle. There were two of them on them swimming by the rocks, I was mesmerized!
They were so big and so docile, check out my video at the end of the post.
Black Rock is a famed jumping spot. I couldn't be bothered to swim that far but it did look like fun!
We drove into the little town of Lahaina so hubby could rent a surfboard. I had serious plans for a Hawaiian Ice.
Lahaina has some historic structures and is home to the island's harbor. As you can see, it wasn't the best day for waves but hubby still went for it.
He caught a few until....
He caught his knee of a reef, ouch! Not wanting to be shark bait, he called it a day!
That night was his birthday and I had made reservations at the highly recommended Lahaina Grill, an obvious hot spot, just ask the locals. In all honesty, we ate like kings the entire time we were there. Here are some of the restaurants we loved:
Lahaina Grill: Okay, this is where I get serious. This was the best Sweet Maui French Onion Soup I have ever tasted. I'd go as far as to say there is nothing more delicious on the entire planet.
Hubby had some chops.
And I had a filet.
And we shared an exquisite Berry Pie. Happy birthday Joe Joe!
I know it wasn't my birthday, but I did manage to pick a little something up on this trip as well. Hubby bought me a 12mm Tahitian Black Pearl ring. He's the best! JaDIE! It is gorgeous!
The next night we tried out another highly recommended restaurant, Sansei. We fit right in with the locals as our waiter Brandon challenged hubby to a sushi roll eating contest next time we are on the island.
The open air patio looks right out to the harbor. Our waitress on the left was a doll!
We drove around and checked out some other parts of the island. I spotted this tow-in longboard at a local surf shop. You'll know what this is about if you have ever seen the documentary Riding Giants. And if you haven't, go rent it right now, it's amazing!
We checked out J.T. Flemming beach, which was a lot like a state park. This picture's color is a little off because it started raining while we were there. It was still sunny as all hell, but there was rain coming down, crazy.
Last stop before the airport was Honolua. So even though this was our first trip to Maui, we are already planning to go back as soon as possible. Aloha!